|Dates:||3 May 2013 - 1 Aug 2013|
|Duration:||2 months, 4 weeks|
Follow our coast to coast route and be a part of the action as we send out waypoint updates, stories and pictures from our journey.
We did it! After a bumpy, rainy and exciting ride into Manhattan we have packed up our bikes at the REI to ship back to California. It's like saying goodbye to our children. NYC will be easier to maneuver by foot, subway, taxi, bike share and every other transit mode I am excited to use here, ending with an airplane back to the pacific. It's been a helluva trip. My love-hate relationship with America continues but it is undeniably a great place to experience on two wheels and we only saw a tiny sliver of it! Thanks to all the incredible people we met and helped us along the way and to our parents who supported us in doing this journey. Signing out... For now. THANKS for following the blog!
Visited Stu Leonard's an old grocery store with all kinds of crazy animatronic singing farm animals inside. This place reminds me of my early child hood, I used to live only a few miles away. My old house wasn't on our route, but will be staying with dear family friends Kevin and Liz tonight in Darien.
Biked 70 miles from Mansfield to New Haven CT. U of Connecticut to Yale! My legs were feeling weak today, maybe they know the end of the trip is near. Here I am with my old friend Ilan in New Haven, we go waay back! Currently getting situated at his house for the night. Glad to be in a town with good food again!
Thanks for hosting us Adam! I enjoyed talking about archaeology with another anthro nerd!
Today we officially have made it to the east coast! Here I am crossing over the Charles river in Boston headed towards my aunt Marcia's house. We made have made a big milestone today but the tour is not over, we will head to NYC in a few days where we will somehow culminate this massive adventure. It's great sharing these days with all who follow along. Thanks!
Being welcomed by our hosts with a sparking surprise! Having an awesome time with the nice grungy glittery people of the collective a go-go in Worcester. Also went out to see a small space themed queer traveling circus burlesque show with one of the residents here!
Staying with LA friend Monel at Earthdance, a wonderful dance retreat and event space in the woods. Quite magical! To earn our stay we are cooking and gardening for the staff
Made it to Albany! Yet another state Capitol to add to our list. We are staying with some nice folks that work with an organization called the Troy Bicycle Rescue that serves the community as an open bike workshop they also refurbish bikes that would have been thrown away and give them a new home. Very cool.
Becky, our number one fan has been following our blogs for months and when she saw on the Couchsurfing community that we were looking for a place in Herkimer NY was instantly welcoming to us. I didn't even know this kind of thing was possible! Apparently Rachel's project,sustainable cycles was being discussed on a live journal group where she found out about us and the rest is just bike tour magic. The day we stayed with her also featured a massive downpour in the last hour of riding and a couple hours of delirious time killing and people watching in a Walmart.
Another awesome night through warmshowers. Thanks so much Rick!
Went to our friend Kristys alma mater, Syracuse university music school for a photo op. the city of Syracuse had some sweet bike lanes ear the campus!
We were adopted into a foster family yesterday. Despite having a household with many kids around she fed and made us feel right at home. All of this made possible by a couple that offered us water at their house along the canal and subsequently called ahead to Jenn to see if see had space. People are so nice to us, we love you people!
Stopped at an awesome home bike shop where they make and display tons of really cool bike art
The start of 95 miles of separated canal path with free camping all over. This is great!
Niagra falls, there it is.
Made a pit stop at a lush community garden on the way to our hosts place in Buffalo NY. It was a hot and trying day for our poor butts but we will be able to rest and heal up here.
Holy shit we're in New York! (State)
If you are ever biking through Erie PA, make sure you stop with our new friend Leo And his dog buddy. This warm showers host picked us up at the bottom his hill after a grueling 123 mile day and whisked us away to his biker rehab paradise. We feel rested and ready to bike down the hill from his house towards our next destination. Thanks Leo!
We are in Pennsylvania and we are tired .-p
I live for this stuff! http://www.railstotrails.org/index.html
Made it to Grandma Gormans House! We will be spending the weekend with family and then heading east along Lake Erie.
Sadly had to put an end to our wonderful beautiful farm time with our friends Fanny and Mark in oberlin what a special stop on this trip. Greatful for these times!
Thanks Eileen and family for letting me stay at your beautiful lake house :-)
Safe and sound and on a super comfy couch-surfing couch in Toledo OHIO!
7 hours of riding and 96 miles later we made it to Ann Arbor. Now hanging out at the Mich Co-op where Rachel and I just gave a quick talk about our projects.
About to leave our warm showers hosts place in Nashville MI. Thanks Bob and Bobbie!
More awesome bike path
Our warm showers host had to leave town at the last minute and instead of leaving us in a lurch he let us settle into his garage/bike workshop which is totally in the hood! This is more our style plus it's right near the bike path we will take tomorrow towards Grand Rapids. The boat ride was fun and very fast! Looking forward to a good amount of biking tomorrow. Rachel is practicing her flute in the garage. Sounds great!
Boarding the lake express ferry to Muskegon Michigan. Had a wonderful time among family out in Pardeeville Wisconsin doing all the 4th July things I had dreamed of. The journey continues!
Cousin Geoff helped Rachel machine a mount for a new flag. We got to learn some welding basics in his shop. Now uncle Brendan is driving us up to my other uncle Jim's house to spend the 4th with family. We figure its not cheating since its only a northward journey.
Exploring Chicago on the newly opened Divvy bike share system. Great city!
Watching the Tour de France drama unfold. Team bus is stuck after hitting the finish line banner riders are minutes away. Oh ya and I'm in Chicago!
City of DeKalb baby. That's how we do.
With our great couch surfing host Kyle. We are his first CS guests. So proud. Thanks Kyle!
Met our host. Some gracious friend of a friend at his workplace, a convince store on the other side of town. He gave us the key to his apartment and we moved right in. Here we are walking some kind strangers dog in a strange town. Life is wonderful.
A short but important day today. Made it to Newton, my mothers home town and location of many fond memories. I got to check every essential item off my list; Get a sloppy joe at the Maid-Rite, see my grandfathers salvage yard business again and to climb on sir rustalot the sculpture my mom and aunts organized to get built at the amazing library. Sitting in front of my grandfathers house was the best part, it's nice to reminisce and imagine my family's past here. I'm so proud to have these small town midwestern roots.
Hallelujah made it to Des Moines! Rode around 80 miles and 60 of them were on beautiful paved bike paths. So great. Wish we could stay longer but we are steam-rolling towards Chicago.
Such a relief to be on a calm beautiful bike path on the way to Exira
Crossing the great border on a sweet new pedestrian suspension bridge. We sadly said goodbye to Chris here in his home town. He will continue on with another friend on a route that will take them as far south as Virginia then up the eastern coast to Maine to hopefully get temp jobs in the lobster industry. It's so good to know crazy awesome people like this it makes me feel crazy awesome as well. I know we will meet again soon friend!
Follow the rest of his journey at www.Trackmytour.com/4xq0n
Checked out the Heartland Pride parade and festival in Omaha today. We are proud lgbt allies!
All dressed up for a civilized night out in Omaha. Rachel is borrowing some clothes from Chris' mom. Don't they look great?!
Riding into Lincoln towards the state Capitol building. Some really amazing people Rachel contacted months ago are hosting us and have set up two speaking events for us; one at a book store and the other at a local bike co-op. On our first day in town we hung around the book store and went to see some jazz in the park at the college. Go huskers!
We made it to our home for tonight we are staying on the yard of Chris's friends house.
Napping in the park on this nice day. A family let us join in on their Father's Day picnic in the park and now we all have a food coma.
Rachel's new space blanket glistening in the morning sun. We slept great at the free travelers rv/camping park on the edge of the town of Cambridge after attending some of the days street festival activities (mainly the ones involving eating and drinking with farmers).
Happy flag day! Thanks to all of you who follow my posts.
"The good life" in Nebraska seems to include lots of flat windy farmland. Just as I imagined it. So happy to start my new journey of loosing my mind out here among the corn.
While riding through thunder and lightning at the final leg of the journey from Fort Collins to Sterling Rachel found a little kitten. We fed it at the convenience store we were hanging out in and the interested worker agreed to take it home to his family. A happy ending for all.
Out here on the Colorado plains. Better get used to the scenery.
Taking a tour of the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins CO
Strolling the pearl street mall in Boulder Colorado. Happy to be in this city I have heard lots about from many California friends. It reminds me a bit of Santa Monica and Santa Cruz.
Go Rockies! Thanks for the free ticket nice security guard man!
Lookin good Denver. @ the Denver Bicycle Cafe catching up on my journal and a couple postcards.
Long ride that was very pretty into the initially very bike unfriendly Denver area. Rachel's uncle met us on a nice greenway and rode with us back to his place in the mega suburb of Littleton. We are soaking up the hospitality for now. I plan on getting a light rail pass and go exploring Denver soon.
Biking out of sprawling Colo Springs on the dusty New Santa Fe trail that traverses the Air Force academy property. We saw gliders and parachuters overhead. A bit of a head wind but we are determined to get to Denver.
Stopped into the first REI since the Bay Area here is Colorado Springs. Chris got his failing chain replaced, we got new tubes and a frisbee. Too bad Colorado Springs is so incredibly sprawled out, but at least they do have a nice river greenbelt series of pathways. Miles before getting to our warm showers hosts place I had to periodically fill two leaking tires just to finally make it to our resting place. It's actually our requested hosts parents house because he was out of town. It's their first time doing something like this and it just goes to show what a great community bike tourers have opened up to with this service/website. I continue to be amazed by all the great hospitality towards us while out in tour. We head off to the greater Denver area tomorrow.
Made it to Colorado Springs.
What a day. Left our amazing hosts place in Salida and biked 105 miles over one long gradual uphill to Pueblo. I had a slow leak I had to pump a few times and Chris had a wrecked chain that we had to frankenstein back to life a few times. It busted again when we got to the edge of town and our warm showers host offered to come pick him up and carry our bags across town. We don't even know him yet!its too bad we didn't get to see Pueblo much it just got dark.
Looking back on so many mountains.
The great town of Salida. A woman we met a few days ago who stopped us while we were going over a summit and exchanged information with us pre arranged a place for us to stay to our surprise. We got an email with instructions to our new home at a previous town mayors house who also works at an awesome local bike shop. I'm adding Salida to my list of places I want to return to. Big ride ahead to pueblo.
Top of monarch pass! Crossing the continental divide. Mega downhill after this.
At the Gunnison Brewery. Dude at the bike shop offered us his backyard to sleep in. Celebration time.
Staying in Montrose at an awesome couch surfers host. Ate pizza played some DDR with our nice host older then my parents and now we are making ice cream. Rachel had an evening out with some visiting Colorado friends. 2 days countdown to the big summit ride over monarch pass.
Taking Flight on a nice scenic shortcut out of town.
Arrived just in time for the final nights events. This ski resort is nothing like anywhere else on our trip so far. It seems like a special place.
Stopped at the neat little bike shop in Delores CO not knowing we're we were going to stay. Ended up Biking home with the shop owner and his cat to their home to cook dinner and stay the night. Living the plush life up here in Colorado. The best possible welcome to the state. I think I'm going to like it here.
Crossing into Colorado
Great beer (out of state aka real beer) and conversation at our warm showers hosts' place in Monticello. Warm showers is pretty much the best thing ever!
Not all days are good! Today kinda sucked. The wind was howling right at us most of the way except for the pretty section through glen canyon national park. The sun seemed extra hot and I got my first flat tire. Our campsite is nice though. Must get rested for the 75 mile ride with no services tomorrow.
Staying behind a restaurant here tonight. 119 miles today!
Celebrating our 1000th mile at a nice cafe for brunch
Made it to the top of this dang mountain in Dixie national forest.
We found a bikepath!
We spent an extra day at our cushy couch surfing hosts place in cedar city yesterday because Rachel ate some ice cream the night before that kept her in bed for the day. Today she woke feeling much better and we saddled back up for the ride to Panguich Utah. The road through Cedar Breaks was closed to cars but we got word from other tourers that it was clear save for a few snowy patches that we walked our bikes around. It was BEAUTIFUL! Unfortunately Panguich is the least camper friendly town yet so we splurged on a cheap motel to stay warm and let Rachel finish healing. Tomorrow is Escalante one of my favorite places since I went on a spring break backpacking trip there a few ears ago with the UCSC Rec Department. **My very own travel center!
Private road through Cedar breaks National Park. We got word from other tourers that the road was about 95% clear. Here we go.
At our first couch surfing hosts place in Cedar City Utah. Luzzy a German exchange student going to Southern Utah University is making us feel at home. Today was the most exerting windy ride yet filled with many new faces. So tired I can barely get off of this couch.
Slowly accumulating other bike tourists on the road to cedar city Utah. The guy on the right is headed west and is from New Zealand. Two are brother soldiers from Maryland biking for the wounded soldier project and the shaggy haired guy is Chris from Nebraska headed to Maine. We formed a drafting line to power through the crazy headwinds all day.
In Milford after a long windy ride (83) miles with no services. Camping in the free space in the edge of a park. Lots of tire popping brambles around.. Scary.
Say hello to Chris Seidholz, the newest member of our crew. Today outside of the cafe/motel/free campsite Chris rolled up and like all fellow bike tourists we quickly became friends over a bottle of wine. He is from Omaha Nebraska and started in San Francisco like us. Looks like we will be riding together tomorrow and for who knows how long after that. Hooray for new friends! Fun fact. While biking through the kirkwood ski resort (near Lake Tahoe) we heard from the hotel staff that one of the old resort staff members had just passed though a day or two ahead of us. It was Chris!
Met these two army guys in baker Nevada that were on the second day of their bike quest to the Pacific Ocean with a dog. They were really loaded down and it seemed like they were moving by bike. They gifted us a new large bag of red vines that we are now trying to trade for extra water jugs around this small town.
Most amazing day yet? This one is hard to beat. We started at our camp past pancake summit over two great humps feeling sluggish. Caught Wu on that second jump and blew by him. Then again in Ely where we found him going the wrong way and luckily re directed him. In Ely we got some good Mexican food and went to the nicest cleanest laundromat ever where everyone was nice to us. We biked out of Ely in strong headwinds and my heel was bothering me, our destination was cave lake state park. We jumped in the cold lake which felt amazing then we ran into some geology students in a field class from eastern Washington state and Idaho state. We decided to go ask the class leaders if we could crash their site for the night. They said ok and we picked a camping spot around the packed hillside of tents and then introduced ourselves to the 40 or so college students. Everyone is great we ate a nice meal with them. Finally a really filling dinner. They caught crawdads in the lake to cook and we spent the night by the campfire. It's their second night so some are rowdy now which is ok with me. I will be asleep soon. Total of about 73 miles today. 63 tomorrow into baker.
Power in the park! Thanks Ely. We got into town early so we are going to do laundry get provisions and head out to a nearby lake to camp.
Setting up camp off of hwy 50 between eureka and eely. We had an early alpine start in Austin at our cozy city park campsite and covered a total of 98 miles today! Wow that number snuck up on us and we are feeling pretty good about it. Fun fact the orange marker on the left of the picture is part of the first transcontinental fiber optic line built right along the old pony express trail. How's that for history repeating it self!
On the last stretch into Austin Nevada we met Wu, a poet from Taiwan. We had lunch together before he departed and heard his story of why he choose to ride across the US. He was moved by the US's aid in the Chinese-Taiwan conflict in 1996 and this was the way he wanted to show his appreciation. He was very interesting and inspiring to see this older foreign guy just going for it less prepared then we are. Good luck Wu! We will stay the night here in the city park.
Left over lasagna from our sweet warm shower hosts. Spent the night at a creek side campsite, a great change of scenery compared to the long straight and hot highway 50
At middleware station for refueling.
Made it to Fallon Nevada. Resting in the park now, not sure if tired or in a food coma from my big lunch.
At our first warm showers hosts place learning some state topography. All the yellow in this map is government owned property! Wow. Later on our host took us on a bike tour of the town, casinos Capitol buildings and all.
Made it over Carson pass. Headed to Carson City Nevada to meet up with our first warm shores host.
We rode about 60+ miles from Placerville to Kirkwood today. The first hurdle over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tomorrow we have a short but steep stretch then cruise down to Carson City. We got a cheap rate at the ski resort here because it is the shoulder season. That also means we are one of about 3 groups staying in the whole hotel, on top of that creepiness The shining was playing on the TV when we turned it on. Wish us luck!
On the road to Placerville CA. Here is the first pony express stop historical marker we have seen. Loving the cloud cover right now!
Toured around our Capitol. We will miss this state! Thanks to our hosts Sue and Lalit foraging us feel at home!
On the Sacramento causeway nature on one side loud highway on the other
Even though we have only have traveled one day, we are taking to day off as a rest day to explore Davis. This place has been very welcoming; we visited a friends housing co-op and worked in their garden party. Celebrating cinco de mayo with friends now, small ride to Sacramento tomorrow where Rachel is giving a presentation. Her blog is www.sustainablecycles.com.
Made it to Davis! Beautiful and shade filled town (thanks goodness). Our first stop was a salsa festival on campus we passes for a quick dance then to Rachel's friend Rennies house beside a awesome funky trailer park. Now for rest, relaxation, stretching and a cold one. We are bit in disbelief that this is finally happening but loving every moment of it!
There's nothing better than a siesta at a nice small town park. We can get used to this. 11 more miles through farm roads to Davis. More updates soon. Good first day so far.
Departed from the Bart concord station. Only one wrong turn so far!
Rachel looking mischievous. We are taking the Bart to the concord station. Then north to Davis
Here we go
The obligatory back wheel in the pacific photo with San Francisco on the left and the Golden Gate Bridge to the right. First stop is Davis, a great cycling college town about 80 miles away. Wish us luck our journey starts in a few hours!
|Dates:||3 May 2013 - 1 Aug 2013|
|Duration:||2 months, 4 weeks|
Follow our coast to coast route and be a part of the action as we send out waypoint updates, stories and pictures from our journey.